This year's National Endowment for the Arts induction ceremony was a series of firsts. For one, it wasn't held at its standard Jazz at Lincoln Center venue and it also didn't feature the honorees in performance.
In 2007, pianist Chick Corea and banjoist Bela Fleck teamed up for 'The Enchantment,' which they promptly supported by touring together. Personal chemistry being what it was between these two grand masters, they continued to tour intermittently ever since. When Corea approached Fleck to produce a live album, he readily agreed. This meant culling through eight years of tapes, which Fleck did on an Oregon beach. When he had his favorites, he went over them with Corea. The result is 'Two,' a double-disc of concert moments that show the pair incessantly tag teaming through a variety of their own classics plus well-chosen covers. It's a dizzying elongated listen with more notes than the brain can possibly fathom.
Kelly Peterson, wife of the jazz legend Oscar Peterson, has announced a new project that will honor her late husband. The new release, 'Oscar, With Love,' will feature new compositions by the heavyweight performed by a star-studded line up and much more.
The legendary jazz drumming heavyweight, Roy Haynes, will celebrate an honorable 90th birthday with a slew of shows at New York's most beloved downtown jazz venue The Blue Note from March 13-15.
The Spanish Harlem Orchestra will release self-titled full-length on September 16 featuring Jazz Stars Chick Corea and Joe Lovano. To celebrate, they are performing at SOB's in New York City on September 29.
The Colorado Symphony continues to take on the lax style of laws in their home state for themselves. Earlier in May they announced their “Classicaly Cannabis: The High Note Series” concerts will remain intact on an invite-only basis. Now, the Colorado Symphony will allow alcoholic drinks into the performance hall. To wit, the musicians themselves are no longer required to wear tuxedos.
This year's Grammy nominations for jazz contain what some see as a shocking omission: Chick Corea, the jazz pianist, received no nominations this year. Corea, 72, has been a Grammy favorite for decades, with a total of 20 Grammys to his credit, including the two he won last year. But his latest album The Vigil was passed over.